Employment

It’s a great time to become part of a dynamic, caring agency that addresses one of our community’s major public health epidemics: child sexual and physical abuse and exploitation. Kristi House is 24 years old and still growing to meet the needs of children in Miami-Dade County. At the Kristi House Child Advocacy Center, you’d be part of a team that is helping to heal and protect our community’s most vulnerable victims.

6 positions are currently open. Please check back periodically.

Send resume and cover letter to jobs@kristihouse.org

 


 

1. Therapist for Unaccompanied Minors 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

This is a Master’s level, full-time, 40 hours per week position designed to provide evidence-based psychotherapy services to unaccompanied immigrant and separated children. The therapist would provide intensive, trauma-based therapy to children with histories of complex trauma and traumatic separation from caregivers and family. Therapeutic services would be offered in the community and office setting. The services are provided under a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA); the therapist would become part of a larger national collaborative addressing and evaluating the mental health needs of Unaccompanied Minors.

The Master’s level therapist would work full-time under the supervision of Kristi House Clinical Supervisor.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide intake and evaluation to clients referred for therapeutic services
  • Document all client/collateral and face-to-face contacts via therapy progress notes.
  • Serve on call for critical incidents and ongoing consultation.
  • Maintain professional standards regarding client record keeping and confidentiality.
  • Monitor clients’ clinical progress during the course of treatment via clinical assessment tools.
  • Prepare treatment plans/treatment plan reviews/termination summaries and closing documents.
  • Prepare for and attend weekly supervision to discuss client’s progress, therapists’ needs and administrative paperwork at Kristi House.
  • Attend bi-weekly group supervision and monthly psychiatric case review at Kristi House
  • Community-based therapeutic services as needed
  • Perform related work as required

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Master’s Degree from an accredited university in Clinical Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, or Marriage and Family Therapy.
  • A minimum of 1-year Masters level experience working with children and adolescents who have experienced complex trauma.
  • The therapist must be fully bilingual in English/Spanish to provide therapeutic services in Spanish.
  • Valid driver’s license and car insurance in order to provide community based services.

 


 

2. Therapist 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

This is a Master’s level, full-time, 40 hours per week position designed to provide therapeutic services to child sexual abuse victims, physical abuse victims, and/or children who have experienced sex trafficking, along with their parents/caregivers.  The therapist is responsible for carrying a therapeutic caseload for Kristi House clients, including individual, group, and family therapy. The position reports to the Clinical Supervisor or Assistant Clinical Supervisor.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide office/community-based individual, group and/or family therapy as appropriate.
  • Document all client/collateral and face-to-face contacts via therapy progress notes.
  • On call for critical incidents and ongoing consultation.
  • Maintain professional standards regarding client record keeping and confidentiality.
  • Monitor clients’ clinical progress during the course of treatment via clinical assessment tools.
  • Prepare treatment plans/treatment plan reviews/termination summaries and closing documents.
  • Maintain contact with KH case coordinators and other agencies co-located at the Center to ensure communication among agencies involved with the family.
  • Prepare for and attend weekly supervision to discuss client’s progress, therapists’ needs and administrative paperwork.
  • Assess clients/families for co-occurring disorders and make referrals as needed
  • Attend bi-weekly group supervision and monthly psychiatric case review
  • Lead a therapeutic group at KH such as TF-CBT Group, Pathways, or Parents Group
  • Perform and be available as back up for initial clinical intake assessments
  • Community-based therapeutic services as needed by families.
  • Work evening hours to accommodate family schedules.
  • Perform related work as required.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Master’s Degree from an accredited university in Clinical Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, or Marriage and Family Therapy.
  • A minimum of 1 year Masters level experience working with emotionally disturbed children and adolescents
  • Bilingual in English/Spanish or English/Haitian Creole preferred

 


 

 

3. Volunteer Coordinator/ Part- Time

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

The Volunteer Coordinator & Victim Response Specialist will develop and manage the volunteer component of services provided at the Kristi House Children’s Advocacy Center and the five satellite offices. The position requires the ability to manage volunteers with skills in training, organizing and management. The person in this position should have a desire to work with children, possess sensitivity to the needs of victims of sexual abuse and awareness of cultural distinctions. This position requires excellent communication skills. The work schedule is geared toward afternoons at Kristi House, with some flexibility.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Receive online volunteer applications, screen for appropriateness and set meetings
    with volunteer candidates.
  • Meet with incoming and exiting volunteers to complete required screenings and other
    documentation for personnel folders.
  • Provide training and orientation to new volunteers on issues of child sexual abuse, crisis
    management, and cultural competency. Train volunteers on how to effectively engage
    children overcoming trauma in play and other enrichment activities while at the Center.
  • Provide public awareness outreach and educational presentations to community
    agencies, staff and personnel in the field about child sexual abuse to raise awareness of
    signs and symptoms and services available to crime victims.
  • Plan the December Holiday Celebration week coordinating all donations and activities
    for our clients and any other volunteer activities for the clients.
  • Recruit volunteers from community service groups, colleges and other organizations

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • Previous work experience in training and/or volunteer management preferred.
  • Experience working with culturally diverse individuals.
  • A willingness to learn about the services Kristi House provides for children and their
    families who are victims of crime.
  • Bilingual preferred (English/Spanish or English/Haitian Creole)

 


 

4. Survivor Mentor

**The Survivor Mentor candidate must be someone who is a survivor of sexual exploitation as a child or young adult**

Kristi House’s Project GOLD, South Florida’s longest-running program dedicated to child sex trafficking, is seeking a full-time Survivor Mentor to join the team at the Drop In Center for adolescent girls. This is an exciting time to be involved in a program that is providing a full array of support to help young women overcome trafficking and abuse.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

The Survivor Mentor “Success Coach” will provide peer-support to girls in Project GOLD as a positive example of someone who has overcome exploitation and has restored or is in the process of restoring her life. The position will provide personal advocacy and emotional support, identifying victims’ needs and helping them with identification of resources to assist with restoring their lives. The position encourages girls’ participation at the Drop In Center, and provides information, referrals, advocacy and follow-up contact for services. The position also assists girls in criminal justice and other public proceedings arising from the trafficking. Upon completion of training, the position will also lead a survivor group at the Project GOLD Drop In Center.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide group and one-on-one support and mentoring to adolescent/teen girls who have
    been commercially sexually exploited. This support will include weekly, biweekly and or
    monthly meetings (depending on where a young woman is in her recovery).

    • Within the group/individual setting, initiate relationships to enhance opportunities
      for success, helping to expand mentees’ ranges of experiences through open
      communication and discussions.
    • Be available to encourage and support your mentee’s social, emotional, and
      cognitive growth.
    • Assist in guiding mentee in developing problem-solving skills. If sensitive topics
      come up, seek advice from program staff.
    • Provide written documentation of each contact with your assigned girl (group or
      individual) using Kristi House-designated reporting format and data collection
      forms.
  • Accompany Project GOLD girls to GRACE Court to provide support as their advocate.
  • Work collaboratively with the staff at the Drop-In Center in developing appropriate
    support services, education outreach, safety, and goal development.
  • Work collaboratively with Kristi House staff on court, law enforcement, and prosecution
    issues.
  • Attend case reviews and trainings as needed.
  • When appropriate, involve family members in the mentee/mentor relationship.

RELEVANT SKILLS & EXPERIENCES:

  • A personal interest in, and commitment to, working with adolescent girls.
  • Ability to work collaboratively as a team player
  • Positive attitude and belief in the hope of recovery from commercial sexual exploitation
    for adolescent girls.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Lived experience involving commercial sexual exploitation as an adolescent or young adult.
    This may include exploitation through prostitution, stripping, or pornography.
  • A significant length of time in recovery from sexual exploitation (out of the commercial sex
    industry).
  • A minimum of a high school diploma or GED.
  • A current driver’s license and access to a car.
  • Bilingual – English and Spanish or English and Haitian Creole preferred

 


 

5. Family Engagement Specialist

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

This is a Bachelor’s degree level, full-time, 40-hour-per-week position designated as the first point of contact when families are referred to Kristi House. This position is responsible for welcoming and engaging child abuse victims and their families, making them feel safe and comfortable in the Kristi House office, informing the family about the services available and our process for delivering services. This family interaction takes place immediately after the parent has finished the forensic interview or over the telephone as an initial introduction to Kristi House once a referral has been received

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Welcome families to Kristi House when they arrive for their forensic interview and explain what the process will be like.
  • Present an overview of the services available for the child and family in the most welcoming manner.
  • Encourage discussion around the obstacles which might deter them from coming to Kristi House for services.
  • Explain our multidisciplinary approach to working together and the agencies that are collocated with us at Kristi House.
  • Share printed materials and be available to answer any questions.
  • Process incoming referrals for Kristi House, including initial screening of referrals and obtaining missing information from referral sources about victims and their situations.
  • Follow-up with families once a referral has been received to discuss Kristi House services and answer any question. Schedule Initial Trauma Evaluations.
  • Follow-up with family as needed to answer any questions or concerns.
  • Follow-up with families who missed Initial Trauma Evaluation appointment to address any barriers or concerns, and reschedule Initial Trauma Evaluation.
  • Assist in assigning clients to therapists following the Initial Trauma Evaluation.
  • Provide any important information to Intake Therapists.
  • Assist therapy department with department tasks, such as uploading documents, electronic data entry, and other relevant tasks as needed.
  • Assist in providing clients with transportation through bus pass distribution and documentation.
  • Assist with Family Advocate Case Review Staffing.
  • Enjoy continually learning about Kristi House services and the dynamics of child abuse.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology preferred. Degree or work experience in related field may be acceptable.
  • Must be very outgoing, enjoy meeting people and being of service.
  • One (1) year experience working with children who have experienced trauma and/or abuse  preferred.
  • Preferred Bilingual: English/Spanish or English/Haitian Creole

 


 

6. Haitian Education Specialist (Part-Time)

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

This is a part-time staff position responsible for planning, scheduling, and presenting educational programs in Miami-Dade County, particularly in the Haitian-American community. In addition to presentations for adults, service providers and students, the position assists with identifying child-victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse, trafficking and other childhood trauma, and providing appropriate linkages for services follow-up for the children and their families. 10-20 hrs. per week.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide presentations to community agencies, staff and personnel in the field on areas relating to child sexual abuse, commercial sexual exploitation, problematic sexual behavior in children and children and traumatic stress.
  • Provide school presentations relating to issues of Internet safety and sexual violence, i.e., boundary safety, sexual harassment, teen dating violence, etc., for the purpose of increasing student awareness and knowledge, and for identifying victims or youth at risk for abuse and exploitation.
  • Assist with rapid intervention once the student victim has been identified.
  • Work under direct supervision of the Education and Outreach Director and participate in weekly supervision.
  • Provide follow-up to service providers regarding referrals made to ensure that services have been accessed.
  • Maintain records of presentations and victim services in order to create monthly and quarterly reports.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bilingual: English/Haitian Creole required.
  • Bachelor’s degree or Bachelor’s candidate studying psychology, education or social work, or related field experience.
  • Experience working with culturally diverse children and families a bonus.
  • Experience teaching a bonus.

 

Kristi House is an Equal Opportunity Employer. If an accommodation is needed in order to participate in the application process, please contact our Director of Operations, Dawn Thompson, at 305-547-6834 or dthompson@kristihouse.org.

To advise us of your interest in possible employment opportunities at Kristi House, please send a cover letter and resume to: Director of Operations, Kristi House, 1265 NW 12th Avenue, Miami, FL 33136, or email it to jobs@kristihouse.org

In the employment, training, promoting, or provision of service to clients, Kristi House will not discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, age, sex, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, country of national origin, language proficiency, or ability to pay. In addition, clients that are diagnosed with co-occurring disorders will not be excluded from service because of the diagnosis. Kristi House will provide reasonable accommodation to all employees and clients as specified by the mandates of the Americans with Disabilities Act, The Department of Children and Families CFOP 60-10, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. All services including communication assistance and auxiliary aids, are provided free of charge to the client.